Did you know that at least one child dies from a home fire every day? Or that ninety percent of all fire-related deaths are due to home fires? Sadly, many of these deaths could’ve been prevented.
In the midst of this busy season, it’s easy to forget some basic fire safety precautions. Safe Kids Kalamazoo County provides these simple tips to reduce the risk of a home fire:
Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, outside every sleeping area and in each bedroom. Working smoke alarms reduce the chances of dying in a fire by nearly 50 percent. Use Daylight Savings Time as a reminder to change the batteries once a year.
Teach kids never to play with matches or lighters.
Create a fire escape plan that includes two ways out of your home. Get a timer and practice until your family is out of the house in two minutes or less. Here is a worksheet to help you get started.
Children should know how to respond to the sound of a smoke alarm. Tell them to “get low and go” when they hear it.
Never leave a hot oven or stove top unattended.